Andaz Hotel Tokyo: Best Place to Stay in Tokyo

Andaz Hotel Tokyo: Best Place to Stay in Tokyo

This article is the hotel review for Andaz Hotel Tokyo.

During my most recent trip to Tokyo, I stayed at Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills, and I would say that is the best place to stay in Tokyo! Growing up in Japan, I visited Tokyo multiple times and stayed at a variety of hotels, but I think I may have found my favorite. This iconic, 5-star luxury lifestyle hotel is located between Tokyo Tower and the Imperial Palace. From their 52 story skyscraper, they offer such an amazing view overlooking Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Bay. They also offer easy access to key locations, such as Ginza shopping district, Tokyo Station, and multiple temples including one I visited below, Zojo-ji.


The Room at Andaz Hotel Tokyo


The room is spacious and very well laid out with amazing views, especially at night. When the city started illuminating the atmosphere became so romantic. Unique wood decor also made us feel at home, and the bed and linen were extremely high quality. The bathroom had both a deep circular tub and a separate shower, and it was much more spacious than other 5-star quality hotels in Tokyo. One of my favorite parts of the room was that Andaz Hotel Tokyo offers snacks and non-alcoholic drinks for free in the room (YAY)!!! They also provide unlimited Wi-Fi with unlimited local calls, and they even provide a Handy smart phone equipped with internet that you can take with you while exploring the city. Nice isn’t it?

There are 10 different kinds of rooms and 3 different kinds of suites. We stayed at the room “2 Twin Beds with Tower View”. The room offered wide windows with a view of the iconic Tokyo Tower. Our beds were two double beds, and it was spacious and comfy to sleep in. If you want a bigger bed for yourself, there are multiple king room available. Standards rate for Andaz Tokyo is $546 per night, but it varies based on which room you choose.


Dining at Andaz Hotel Tokyo


If you want to experience a luxurious morning with delicious food and a gorgeous view, Andaz Hotel Tokyo is definitely the best place to be. The breakfast is served at the 51st floor, The Tavern, and the view is breathtaking. The breakfast buffet provides remarkable selections of Western and Asian cuisine. They offer a vast fruit selection, eggs cooked to order, and even a variety of pastries. You can also choose 2 items from the a la Carte menu. I tried the eggs Benedict on a croissant, and my friend chose blueberry pancakes. Both were delicious and cooked to perfection (and we can be food snobs at times, hehe).

Breakfast is open from 6:30am to 11am. During the evening, Andaz Tavern offers an exciting dining experience featuring local flavors and seasonal ingredients. Their specialty is Japanese Snow Aged Beef, and it’s a must to try!

Every evening between 6-8pm, there are complimentary wines, sake, and small snacks available in Andaz lounge. The atmosphere is quite relaxing, and it was rather soothing after a long day of walking and sightseeing.



AMENITIES at Andaz Hotel Tokyo

  • Swimming Pool
  • Spa
  • Fitness Center
  • Rooftop Bar


Pool facilities are large with additional amenities including a jacuzzi, hot tub, and even a cold pool!  The pool has a beautiful city view, and there’s a fitness center with excellent cardio equipment adjacent to it.  Andaz also houses a Rooftop Bar with amazing views overseeing the city.  They provide an extensive selection of cocktails, sake, champagne and premium spirits. Specializing in cocktails crafted with teas and seasonal fruit, the cocktail they made was one of the best cocktails I’ve ever had! It was a must try!



Neighborhood around Andaz Hotel Tokyo

  • Tokyo Tower
  • Imperial Palace
  • Zojo-ji Temple
  • Shimbashi drinking street
  • Atago Shrine (historical shrine with steep staircase)


I went to Zojo-ji temple, Shimbashi, and Atago shrine. They were all fun to explore!  Although your travel schedule may be jam-packed with sights, Shimbashi is a must see if you want to experience true Japanese night life.  It is relatively close to Andaz Tokyo and within walking distance.


Zojo-ji Temple


Standing next to Tokyo Tower, the temple grounds consist of some impressive structures. Zojoji Temple may not be as well known compared to other temples and shrines, however it is worth a visit! It is a special experience to see the contrast between skyscrapers and wooden ancient building in one scene. Just allow yourself some time to explore around the gardens. It is very peaceful and you may forget that you are in Tokyo! Zojo-ji Temple is about 15 minutes away from Andaz Tokyo.

Andaz Hotel Tokyo


Atago Shrine


Atago Shrine is a historical shrine, established over 400 years ago. In order to get to the shrine, you will have to climb up a steep flight of 86 stairs, which is known as “stone steps to success.” It is such a beautiful and peaceful shrine that visitors can relax, reflect, and meditate. There is also a small teahouse next to the shrine, and it is very inviting. It was late summer when we visited, so we had a shaved ice at the teahouse. It was delicious!



Shimbashi 


Shimbashi is one of our favorite places to drink in Tokyo. There are hundreds of traditional pubs and restaurants, both Japanese and Western, and their price tends to be very reasonable. It is a popular place to drink so it gets always crowded during night. In fact, Shimbashi is known as the salarymen (office workers) capital of Tokyo. The atmosphere is also unique and interesting. Even if you don’t drink or dine, it it fun to just walk around and take some photos!



Overall


Our favorite part of our stay was the amazing customer service – the staff are very friendly and go out of their way to offer recommendations and directions to various points of interest.  I have stayed in luxury hotels all over Japan, and I can honestly say that Andaz Hotel Tokyo is one of the most luxurious and beautiful properties I have ever stayed at. If you are looking for the best place to stay in Tokyo, you should definitely pay them a visit!


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Best Place to Stay in Tokyo

Hyatt Centric Ginza Tokyo

Hyatt Centric Ginza Tokyo

Tokyo is always my favorite place to go shopping, and Ginza is no exception.  Hyatt Centric Ginza Tokyo is conveniently located in the center of Ginza, which allowed us to walk anywhere from countless department stores and restaurants to the famed Tsukiji Market. It’s a very classic, modern, and super trendy hotel from the moment you step through the doors.

 

Classic Interior

Besides the location, the most attractive aspect about this hotel is their artistic interior.  The lobby is very welcoming with natural light and high ceilings.  I fell in love with how they incorporated natural elements with such an artistic atmosphere.

Hyatt Centric Ginza Lobby

Hyatt Centric Ginza Lobby

 

The Room

The hotel offers 8 different types of room which ranges from ¥5,4000-350,000+ (JPY) a night depending on the season. I stayed in the King Bed Room which is around $480+ USD a night.  The rooms are spacious with separate shower/bathtub and toilet. The bed was very comfortable and there were electronically controlled blackout shades which offer privacy.  I particularly liked the high-tech Nespresso machine to make coffee in the morning.

We also had a chance to go to their Namiki Suite, and the room was amazing! They had a spacious kitchen and a dining room, plus their own personal terrace overlooking Namiki-dori Street.

Hyatt Centric Ginza Room

Hyatt Centric Ginza Room

Hyatt Centric Ginza Room

Hyatt Centric Ginza Room

Hyatt Centric Ginza Room

 

Dining

They have an amazing bar called “NAMIKI 667 Bar & Lounge”.  The bar is very inviting and has a wide selection for various cocktails and wines.  They also offer delicious food to enjoy.  It is a great place to unwind or simply enjoy conversation with friends.

Their breakfast buffet was also outstanding.  There were lots of choices, and all foods were well presented, fresh, and excellent quality.  My favorite dish was definitely the egg benedict with croissant. It was one of the best I have had in my life!

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Hyatt Centric Ginza Breakfast

Hyatt Centric Ginza Breakfast

 

 

Attractions

 

Around the hotel

Hyatt Centric Ginza Neighborhood

Hyatt Centric Ginza Neighborhood

Ginza Six

 

Ginza Six

 

Hyatt Centric Ginza Neighborhood

Hyatt Centric Ginza Neighborhood

 

Tsukiji Market

 

Tsukiji

 

Tsukiji Hongan-ji

 

Tsukiji Hongan-ji

Tsukiji Hongan-ji

I loved my stay at Hyatt Centric Ginza! If you have plans to come to Tokyo anytime soon, I highly recommend staying at Hyatt Centric Ginza and spend time shopping around the area!  For any questions about where to go, please leave a comment below!

XOXO,

Yoki

 

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Hotel Review: Hyatt Centric Ginza Tokyo

 

 

Luxury in Japan: Minami-kan

Minami-kan, well known for this beautiful garden is a traditional hotel located in Shimane Prefecture. This ryokan has a 130 year history, and it is an absolutely beautiful place to stay.

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Rooms

There are 14 different kinds of rooms, and each room maintains Japanese tradition while incorporating the essence of modernity. We were welcomed by matcha with traditional Japanese sweets. Our room was spacious and stylish, and the view over their beautiful sand garden was excellent.

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Dining

The menu is traditional Japanese food. Each meal was beautifully presented, and the entire dinner was a feast for all senses. The choice of ingredients, the cooking, and the presentation were just phenomenal for dinner and breakfast.

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Attractions

Around the hotel

Minami-kan is located in Matue City, the capital city of Shimane Prefecture.  Matsue is often called “City of Water” due to the prominence of the lakes, the river and canals in the city-scape and scenery. Although it remains the smallest capital city of all of Japan’s 47 prefectures, the city offers a number of attractions that retain traditional Japanese charm and culture.

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Izumo-Taisha

Izumo-Taisha is located in Izumo city, one and half hours train ride from Matsue. You can also rent a car and drive for an hour to get there. Izumo-Taisha is known as one of Japan’s most important shrines. Is is believed to be one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Japan, and you might encounter a Japanese couple having a wedding ceremony.

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Adachi-Museum of Art

Adachi-Museum of Art is well known for their beautiful traditional Japanese garden. It was voted the best garden in Japan for 14 consecutive years so we had high expectations, and it did not disappoint. The museum is accessible by a free shuttle bus from JR Yasugi Station. You will find the timetable on their official website. Don’t forget to take a ticket for the return bus on entering the museum! It is about a 40 minute drive away from Matsue city. If you’re in Shimane prefecture, you must give it a visit.

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Overall, Minami-kan was a wonderful place to stay. Their traditional garden, rooms, food, and service were remarkable. Shimane Prefecture is usually not on the regular tourist map for Japan, but it is less crowded compared to Tokyo, Osaka, or Kyoto.  If you want to experience the real Japan, I recommend you visit Shimane Prefecture and stay in Minami-kan. You will not regret it!

 

XOXO,

❤︎❤︎Yoki❤︎❤︎

Modern Japanese Hotel: Arcana Izu

Arcana Izu is a perfect place to unwind yourself – you will enjoy the comfort of Arcana with a private bath and some wonderful meals. To completely relax, the hotel does not have a lobby, public bath, and even television. You will be surrounded by the expansive view of the forests as the songs of birds fill your ears all day long.

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Suites

There are 4 different kinds of suites at Arcana. We chose River View Suites, and it was absolutely amazing. The room was modern and spacious, and it had huge panoramic window. My room was facing the river and trees, so you could see the stream running quietly just a few feet below. All rooms have private onsen (hot springs) on the veranda, and it was just impossible not to relax and enjoy.

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Dining

Everyone says highlight of Arcana is the food, and they are not wrong. Arcana serves a Michelin quality French cuisine in such beautiful environment. One of the walls is a window looking into the forest. I strongly recommend you to sit at the counter, so you can watch the chef and staff preparing the food against the backdrop of the greenery outdoor scenes. I have to say the course was one of the best presented food I have ever had.

Dinner

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Attractions

Although there is nothing much to do around the area, you will love the nice countryside of Japan.

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Overall, our stay at Arcana was one of the BEST experiences we ever had, and I can thoroughly recommend a stay there without hesitation. Beautiful rooms, amazing meals, and first class service by the staff… what else can we ask for? If you are looking for an escape from crowds and want something different from traditional Japanese ryokan, Arcana is the place for you!

 

XOXO,

♥♥Yoki♥♥

Traditional Japanese Hotel: Yagyu-No-Sho

When you think about Japan, Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto are easily on your mind to visit, but today I would like to introduce one of my favorite hotels, located in my hometown Shizuoka.  The hotel is called Yaghu-no-sho.

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When we walked in, we were welcomed by their warm lights and Koi fish. Their welcome-drink was matcha with Japanese sweets (my favorites).

 

 

 

Suites:

The hotel has only 15 suites available. We chose the one with an outdoor bath. The room was very comfortable and quiet. I loved their traditional Japanese style. It even has a beautiful individual garden, and the view from the window was outstanding.

 

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Bath:

Even if you don’t choose the room with a private outdoor bath, don’t worry! There are outdoor baths available for everyone who stays at the hotel. The bath was surrounded by the beautiful garden.

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Dining:

The meals were traditional Japanese cuisine, and they were absolutely delightful. We had multi-course meals with gorgeous presentation and flavor. Each course was light enough so that we weren’t stuffed early.  My favorite dishes were sashimi, kobe beef cooked on hot rocks, and grilled and salted fish. The entire meal took about 2 hours and the drinks were flowing nicely.

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Attractions:

The check-in time is 2pm so arriving early allows you to walk to the town and see their small bamboo forest and beautiful temple.

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Overall, this hotel was OUTSTANDING! If you are looking for an unforgettable experience in Japan, 柳生の庄 Yaghu-no-sho is the best place to stay. It’s in a great location halfway between Tokyo and Kyoto (very easy to access to both locations).

Hope you will visit there soon!

 

♥♥Yoki♥♥